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Man With Conviction Had Oversight in Quinn Program

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's office is launching an internal review after a published report that a worker hired to oversee millions of dollars in the governor's anti-violence program had a prior conviction for a financial crime. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that it has obtained court records showing Benton Cook III pleaded guilty in 1999 to writing more than $3,700 in bad checks.

Cook is the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown. He was hired by a not-for-profit group called Chicago Area Project to work on Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

The Cook County state's attorney's office and the U.S. Justice Department are looking into the program Quinn started in 2010 and later shut down. A state audit found problems that included questions about mismanagement and expenditures.

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